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[audio]Various Artists - Monotonik Vol.1: The Early Years
In the late '90s, Monotonik - an online free to download 'net.label' founded in 1996 and largely releasing .MOD 'tracker' files made in Amiga and PC formats, expanded to release in a brand new format - the MP3. Drawing from artists worldwide linked by the Internet, and influenced by the rise of melodic, downtempo electronics from labels like Warp, Rephlex, and FAX, this first compilation picks some of the best releases originally available via Monotonik in 1999 and 2000...
Downloads: 848
[audio]Mike Kidd - Impermanence EP [mtk219]
It's fitting that the final release on Monotonik, perhaps for ever, will be from someone new, because we've always tried to promote new and interesting artists. Mike Kidd brought the 'Impermanence EP' to us and we thought it right, and good, because it combines the melodies we crave with the deep happiness of a well-crafted tune. Take 'Haunted Raves', for example. We're not really sure which raves have been haunted by it, but the abstract power shown here may well enchant a few party-goers in th...
Downloads: 3,436 4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars(3 reviews)
[audio]Dead Eros - Bone Mountain [mtk218]
Another stalwart Monotonik releaser over the past few years, Dead Eros returns one last time with the noisy, triumphant 'Bone Mountain', climbing that pile of dead things with little regard to safety, snare fills, or life and limb. Really, when you start with 'Breadbox', you can go on with happiness, given the amount of almost Aphex-ish convulsions the drums bring to the table, and things continue from there with marvel, given the sheer depth of 'Inside Sunshine'...
Downloads: 1,516
[audio]Kuu - Pixels EP [mtk217]
Everyone who likes Monotonik at least a little should know Kuu, aka Joonas Vähämäki, from his Substance releases that date back at least ten years on the site. But he's also released under his more uptempo Kuu alias at times, and it's fitting that one of the last releases (for now?) should be under that alias. 'Pixel EP' is surprisingly large, and mixes some of the things that Monotonik holds dear - melodies, cut-up drums, and swishing noises - in carefully contained cylinders of sound...
Downloads: 1,514
[audio]Clark Vent - Scene Sexshun [mtk216]
Finnish musician Olavi Inha has previously released on Monotonik with two memorable releases under his Flutterspot alias. But he returns here with another pseudonym, Clark Vent, and with it brings a charming full album of bleepy, semi-abstract uptempo electronic deliciousness in the form of 'Scene Sexshun'. Sure, 'Pardon Me, Clark Kent' is a sensible start, all up and down and around the houses, but the amusingly named 'Hello A Lot And Yes Disco' is a much better statement of intent, crazy spira...
Downloads: 1,198
[audio]Casimir's Blake - The Silence In Fragile Space [mtk215]
UK artist Chris Wigman is Casimir's Blake, and this intriguing Monotonik release, 'The Silence In Fragile Space', plays out like a planetarium soundtrack to end all soundtracks, echoing all kinds of gorgeous sustained chords through history. Following up a release on Kahvi, this full-length album starts as it means to go on with 'Achird Supernovae', flittering strings and depths of space to the fore...
Downloads: 1,511
[audio]Malty Media - Buk Buk Buk EP - Malty Media
Malty Media is, of course, previous Monotonik releaser Aquaboogie and long-time veteran idm artist Jet Jaguar, creators of the 'Bracken Bed' EP on the label a while back, and they kick off the final set of MTK releases with this fine piece of frippery. The New Zealand-based group's style is best described as 'whimsical Orb-like soundscapes with an Antipodean twist', perhaps, and these four-track pulses through gently chicken-clucking debut track 'Chook Nocturne', before settling on gently glowin...
Downloads: 2,183
[audio]Bitbasic - Sprinking Rainbows [mtk213] - Bitbasic
After his first release in Monotonik on 2007, the 'Grating Rainbows' EP, we are absolutely delighted to present a long in-development full album -- 'Sprinkling Rainbows' from the UK resident Bitbasic, whose super-funky drill and bass attitude to jazzy electronica makes it one of our favorite label releases of the last few years. In a similar fashion to earlier Monotonik releases like Aleksi Virta's album, 'Grating Rainbows' cuts up the jazzy breaks with the electronic in entirely alluring ways, ...
Downloads: 3,182
[audio]General Fuzz - Soulful Filling [mtk212] - General Fuzz
As we edge into summer, we're proud to give further exposure to a gorgeous album submitted to Monotonik late last year from James Kirsch, aka General Fuzz, and the truly spectacular chill-out electronic that is 'Soulful Filling'. Having grown up in Newton, MA, General Fuzz is happy to make his home in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he recruited a number of talented local live musicians to fill out the electronic sounds on this charming full-length album...
Downloads: 2,504
[audio]Chromatic Flights - 'Favorite Cat EP' [mtk211] - Chromatic Flights
A long time coming, the third Monotonik release from Chromatic Flights, aka Florida's Kyle Wyss, debuts after some heavy buzz for his main project, the two-man band Blind Man's Colour, online. In fact, with none other than Kanye West linking his Blind Man's Colour material and the band signed to Kanine Records (Grizzly Bear, Mommy And Daddy), we're delighted to be continuing to put out his solo material for Monotonik fans...
Downloads: 1,920 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars(2 reviews)
[audio]Same Nice Lamb - Prechi [mtk209] - Same Nice Lamb
Returning with his second, long-awaited EP on Monotonik, Same Nice Lamb, aka Justin Hassler, delivers us six exquisite tracks of electronic music in the form of 'Prechi'. From opening track '8 Seconds Ahead' through the closer, 'Origen's Lament (Last Week I Was A Man)', the EP features beautiful leads, atmospheric effects, and a melodic throughline to die for. You might also particularly enjoy 'The Inhibitionist' for services to wondrous melody...
Downloads: 2,446
[audio]Jap Jap - A Resonant Discovery EP [mtk210] - Jap Jap
Monotonik is delighted to present a free, full six-track EP from Holland's Jasper Boer, aka Jap Jap, in the form of 'A Resonant Discovery', including a remix by Dutch artist Morgenfish. The EP consists of varied types of beautifully smooth idm pieces coupled with evolving melodic motifs, which go through different moods: from chillout ambient to more uptempo material. This showcases Jap Jap's signature style of solidly produced minimal yet melodic style of dance, which draws inspiration from dre...
Downloads: 10,276
[audio]Sleepy Town Manufacture - Hello And Goodbye EP [mtk208] - Sleepy Town Manufacture
Monotonik is delighted to present a new EP from Russian idm stars Sleepy Town Manufacture, some six years after they released their first tracks for the label. The result is the evocative 'Hello And Goodbye EP', four tracks of wonderfully laidback electronic, starting out with the looping, languid 'Trem'. Next up is 'Oopon', showcasing all kinds of beautiful, pitchperfect chord and percussion action...
Downloads: 6,368 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]Beak - Hard Nights [mtk207]
Things have been slowing down a little at Monotonik HQ recently. We think it's something to do with just how crowded the netlabel scene has got - with literally thousands of labels, how is anyone going to find just one? Fortunately, we've got a good idea of how to do it - just release stellar track from awesome Monotonik stalwarts. And this method is getting kicked off via Beak's 'Hard Nights', the fourth release from the awesome guitar-electronics spaz on Monotonik since his epochal 2003 debut,...
Downloads: 4,277 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]Ilkae - Lighter Industry EP [mtk206]
You may know Ilkae from previous releases on Monotonik and also on awesome, now dormant Miami-based physical label Merck. Well, four years after 2004's beautiful Stained Glass Confetti, backing up a self-released full-length, Ilkae returns with a similar deal - an awesome EP extracting from a new album. This time, 'Lighter Industry' is a companion piece to the new, limited-edition Ilkae album 'Light Industry', which those interested in the beautifully scattershot, chiptune-ish idm that the veter...
Downloads: 6,464 (1 review)
[audio]Project 5am - 'Quixotes Of Moons Fight The Windmills Of Brixton' [mtk205] - Project 5am
This time round, a Monotonik debut for Project 5am, aka Jason Haye, with the distinctly trippy 'Quixotes Of Moons Fight The Windmills Of Brixton'. Verging into deep house, electronic, and chillout, the full-length album is a delightful mix of trancelike and straightforward. Starting out, we've got 'Angelou', all thudding guitars and phasing synths, before we move into 'Polar Stratospheric Clouds', chunked up sounds to the fore...
Downloads: 3,817
[audio]Coax - Wobo Jomodo [mtk204] - Coax
Another, long in coming Monotonik release from Scandinavian artist Coax, and 'Wobo Jomodo' is a charming set of music in the classic sense of laidback electronica. Starting out, we have the rolling, sharp 'Balloon Funk 1', with all kinds of sustain being built up as the bass burbles along happily in the background, before we roll into 'Gion', all sine beeps and happy camping. Elsewhere in the EP, highlights include the glimmering, almost futuristic 'Apple Beat', with its frantic bleeps and break...
Downloads: 6,661
[audio]Risch - Synesthesia [mtk203] - Risch
A Monotonik debut from UK electronic music artist Risch, who brings an almost Ninja Tune-esque cut-up electronics aesthetic to us with his debut EP, 'Synesthesia' - a delightfully flippant mix of voice samples, funky beats, and beauteous melodies. The whole caboodle starts out with 'Doppelverstraker', which grooves along to a relaxed beat while also popping in samples about the pressures of modern life, before 'Observing Fractals In Clouds' tries the spikier, glitchier beats with great results...
Downloads: 4,040 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]Northcape - Some Bright Valley [mtk202]
A Monotonik debut for Brighton, UK-based electronic artist Northcape, then, with the sublimely mellow 'Some Bright Valley', all chilled-out strings and gently departing sunsets. Previously having debuted a couple of self-released albums, this first netlabel release starts out with the cutely meandering 'Red Panda', before moving on to the even more gorgeously pastoral, almost triphop-flecked 'A Part Of The Forest'...
Downloads: 6,050 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]Aleksi Eeben - The Four Tales [mtk201] - Aleksi Eeben
We're delighted to welcome back Finnish artist Aleksi Eeben, with the latest in his beguilingly offbeat electronic 'numbers' series for Monotonik, 'The Four Tales' - all soaring leads and strange tonal interplay. Now, it's possible that Eeben - who has been composing electronic music for nearly the past 20 years, initially as Amiga demo-scene legend 'Heatbeat', is a distinctly acquired taste, thanks to his borderline avant jazz influences...
Downloads: 5,657 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(5 reviews)
[audio]Chromatic Flights - Heavy Stars Will Fall [mtk200] - Chromatic Flights
Monotonik has made it to its 200th MP3-based release (and probably somewhere over its 400th overall release, counting sublabels and .MODs), and this milestone comes in the form of Chromatic Flights' second release for the label, 'Heavy Stars Will Fall'. Florida-based Kyle Wyss follows up his 'Memories From The Audible Color Wheel' Monotonik debut with more vaguely psychedelic, beautifully phrased idm, strangely strung out but wonderfully put together...
Downloads: 8,563
[audio]Delayscape - VCOs or DCOs EP [mtk199] - Delayscape
Danish idm musician Delayscape has been prolific since his debut 'Everybody Drops' release for Monotonik in 2006, with releases on netlabels including Acrylik, Musicartistry and Cold Room, and we're delighted to welcome him back to us with the funky, borderline squelchy electronics of 'VCOs or DCOs'. It all starts out with 'Patch Point Blank', which throws around the fuzzy warbles in alluring ways, before 'Breaking The Square Waves' gets funkier still, with some surprisingly guttural synth noise...
Downloads: 7,544 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]Jet Jaguar - Biddy Bids [mtk198] - Jet Jaguar
So, a long-awaited Monotonik solo debut from New Zealand's Michael Upton, aka Jet Jaguar, with the beautifully minimal, almost dub-infused electronica of his 'Biddy Bids' EP. Having previously released physical CDs on Involve Records and Capital Recordings, as well as being one half of recent Monotonik releasers Malty Media - alongside Aquaboogie - Upton seems to revel in oddly clipped, funky stylings...
Downloads: 7,438
[audio]Muhr - A Lonely Gust Of Wind [mtk197] - Muhr
It's been in the queue for quite some time, but we're proud to finally debut 'A Lonely Gust Of Wind' from Canadian artist Vincent Fugère, once known as Vizion but nowadays known as Muhr - a 3-track ambient EP of stark beauty and obtuse goodness. We start off, naturally enough, with 'Part 1', which drifts in and out almost entirely for the first half or so of the track, before laying into some repeated ambient phrased, before 'Part 2' starts to swell a little, laying on the almost orchestral wav...
Downloads: 8,511
[audio]Pliant - Musical Endeavor [mtk196] - Pliant
Monotonik rounds out 2007 with a bit of a gem - a free digital release of the super-rare Pliant mini-CD 'Musical Endeavor', the quirky video-game inspired electronica blast originally released on New York-based label Systorm Technologies back in 2000. What do you need to know about this? Well, the super-perky 9 track, 18 minute release is chronicling a fictional video game of some kind, and from the dynamic, spider-bass infused 'Title', it's clear that you're being taken through the game in aura...
Downloads: 3,780
[audio]Planet Boelex - Live At Virus Festival '07, Lithuania [mtk195] - Planet Boelex
We're delighted to welcome back multiple Monotonik releaser Planet Boelex, who's provided us with an awesome 60+ minute live set, featuring all self-composed Boelex material (much of it new!) recorded at the recent Virus Festival in Lithuania. Boelex, whose tracks have also appeared on Kahvi and Ogredung in recent years, has a beautifully layered pure idm sound, and the mix showcases the downtempo, chilled nature of his sound briefly, starting out with 'Forever And Always' and moving on through ...
Downloads: 2,368
[audio]Distruc - Junctions EP [mtk194] - Distruc
A Monotonik debut from UK-based electronic music artist Distruc, whom you might know from releases on Hippocamp and his co-founding of Japanese electronic japesters the Freeta Corrective, as well as his debut physical album 'Clip & Glide', released on Australian label Artists Known As. In any case, his debut EP for us, 'Junctions', is a satisfyingly crunchy set of almost electro-tinged, pure headphone listening idm, which we continue to cherish like we're Gollum, and 'Path' sets it up beautifull...
Downloads: 3,349
[audio]Ocbalt - As Is [mtk193]
A debut on Monotonik, then, for Finland-based electronic music artist Ocbalt, with some delightfully bubble, vocoded tracks from his upcoming 'Vintage Art' album. The full album should be out on a physical label pretty soon, but we, luckily enough, get a digital EP to precede it, with the brief spoken word 'What Is Art?' seguing swiftly into the surprising bleep-pop of 'Bribe', which showcases sweet multi-tracked vocoded singing and super-catchy synths, all stutter-step...
Downloads: 4,991 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(2 reviews)
[audio]Dead Eros - Cycle EP [mtk192] - Dead Eros
We first released Michigan-based foreboding idm superstar Dead Eros on Monotonik back in 2005, and are delighted to welcome him back with this 4-track release, 'Cycle EP', all slightly spooky, overlapping electronics in a distinctly regional, but distinctly original way. We start out with 'Specific Ocean', which is fuzzed-up angular metal funk, in a laid back way, before going on to the keyboard-flecked, downtempo 'Ignite Alarm', which is heavy on the shuffle, almost half-speed drill and bass rh...
Downloads: 5,717 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]Bird Lantern - DuD [mtk191] - Bird Lantern
Introduced to Monotonik by long-time friend Tim Koch, we're delighted to present an EP from the kinetic Australian duo of Bird Lantern. The group comprises Greig Thomson and Al Thumm from Adelaide, to be precise, with extra personnel when playing live, and they have been making music since they met in 2000, and are signed to Australian indie Kinderbox Records. In any case, 'DuD' is a delightfully loop-centric EP that reminds vaguely of laid-back compatriots The Avalanches, but artfully mixed wit...
Downloads: 6,598
[audio]Muxu - Show Us Your Weak Side [mtk190] - Muxu
This new release is most definitely Monotonik's first from Malaysia, thanks to duo Euseng and Liang, also known as Muxu, who've followed up their self-released debut album 'Above Us, A Clear Summer Sky' with this wonderful 6-track EP, 'Show Us Your Weak Side', here as the 190th release on Mono. The duo first met for a joint band project - with Liang playing guitar for delightfully named band Citizens of Ice-Cream, but set up Muxu in early 2006...
Downloads: 31,036
[audio]Malty Media - Bracken Bed EP [mtk189]
There's nothing like a little collaboration, and in this case, it's thanks to a couple of dangerous New Zealand natives - previous Monotonik releaser Aquaboogie and long-time electronic musician and Japanese resident Jet Jaguar. They've kindly formed the special duo named Malty Media (I believe they played some shows together in Japan earlier this year), and this nostalgic 4-track EP plays off childhood memories of TV shows and advertising in their native land, with odd samples and strange angle...
Downloads: 6,359
[audio]Ckid - Down With Ghosts [mtk188] - Ckid
We're delighted to welcome back René 'Ckid' Margraff, the German electronic artist who released on Monotonik back in 2000 (as Crashkid) and 2001, and went on to notable physical releases on Becalmed and Duotone Records, back to the label with a beautifully formed, evocative full-length album, 'Down With Ghosts'. Full of chanted and whispered vocals and an evocative, almost shoegaze-centric attitude to idm/electronics, 'Down With Ghosts' starts with the semi-conscious drawl of 'From A To Z', bef...
Downloads: 17,538 4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars(4 reviews)
[audio]Renzu - Reiha EP [mtk187]
We're delighted to debut the first Monotonik release from the Chicago-based Renzu, a professional 3D animator and self-described 'animation nerd' and composer of rather deliciously lush IDM soundscapes. And the 'Reiha EP' is just a sampling of his layered, deceptively complex electronic music stylings. Renzu explains of his background: "My story is very typical of my generation of IDM artists in that I got inspired by BBS/internet computer music and started with trackers from an early age (10) a...
Downloads: 4,148 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]BitBasic - Grating Rainbows [mtk186] - BitBasic
A triumphant Monotonik debut from glitched-up UK resident BitBasic, whose 'Grating Rainbows' EP speeds through 8 tracks in just 18 minutes, and offers a whirlwhind tour to some deliciously cut-up drill & bass action, someone between early Squarepusher, our very own Beak, and somewhere entirely new. Hawesome. Things start out with the loopy, surreal 'Soap', before the lush, hiphop-infused 'Emaze' wanders into view, all lyrical jazz riffs and drilled-up drums, gloriously sunny throughout...
Downloads: 14,492 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(2 reviews)
[audio]Idmonster - Preloved EP [mtk185] - Idmonster
After a long absence from Monotonik (his last release for us was back in 2002!), we're delighted to welcome back UK-based musician Pendle Poucher, aka Idmonster, with a 3-track compilation of rather wonderfully varied electronic music, 'Preloved EP'. Nowadays, Poucher works as a documentary and TV series musician for a number of UK and Japanese shows, including "new Japanese Discovery Channel idents that i'm very proud of", he tells us, as well as providing all of the audio for the BBC's interac...
Downloads: 7,657
[audio]Chromatic Flights - 'Memories From The Audible Color Wheel' [mtk184] - Chromatic Flights
A debut, then, for Florida-based Kyle Wyss, under his electronic music alias Chromatic Flights, with the floating, serene indietronica of 'Memories From The Audible Colour Wheel EP' - some of the lusher, more indie-influenced instrumental grooves we've run across in a while. Wyss is just 17 years old, and we'll let him explain: "This is my first solo EP (Memories from the Audible Colour Wheel), but I've been playing in an indie/experimental rock band for about 4 years...
Downloads: 11,118 4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars(3 reviews)
[audio]Aleksi Eeben - Three Times The Music [mtk183] - Aleksi Eeben
This one's been coming for a while, but the latest release from incredibly unconventional Finnish musician Aleksi Eeben (the .MOD artist formerly known as Heatbeat) is the tremendously obtuse but lovable 'Three Times The Music', 8 tracks of offbeat but somewhat gorgeous bleeps and bloops. Aleksi is, as ever, a bit of a jazz fan, and the kind of melodies and stylings he picks makes him an acquired taste, to say the least...
Downloads: 10,350
[audio]Same Nice Lamb - 'Lack Of Lamb' [mtk182] - Same Nice Lamb
So, the latest Monotonik release is from Justin Hassler, aka Same Nice Lamb, with the 4-track piece of classic meandering electronica, 'Lack Of Lamb' - and we'll let Hassler explain his own background here: "I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. By day, I work in a public library. By night, I play with electricity. I have no music released under my name." Well, now he does. Why put out 'Lack Of Lamb', then? To put it bluntly, it's our kind of sound - the looped idm melodic grind that gets into yo...
Downloads: 4,266
[audio]Flutterspot - Suitable For A Desire To Share [mtk181] - Flutterspot
We're delighted to present a second release from Finnish graphic artist and musician Flutterspot, following the 'Labmat EP' back in early 2006, and this time round, 'Suitable For A Desire To Share' is almost 40 minutes of lushly layered electronic music to die for - or at least freeze a little bit. We start off with the oddly titled 'Small, Brightly Coloured, Highly Arboreal', which hops up into the trees for some almost Boards Of Canada-esque loping beats and marvellously complex electronic bea...
Downloads: 17,671 4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars(3 reviews)
[audio]Beak - Bishop Whitney EP [mtk180] - Beak
The latest release for guitar and beat-strewn idm artist Beak on Monotonik, following the 'Amoral Mayor Earwig EP' back in 2004 and 'El Hacedor EP' in 2005, the 'Bishop Whitney EP' continues his extremely unique mix of strongly played guitar, acoustic noises and cut-up percussion in fine, fine style. This time, we start out with the characteristic plucked freneticism of 'Context Clues', before seguing into the languid crawl of 'Teach Texas Manner', further showcasing his totally individual, beau...
Downloads: 20,593 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(4 reviews)
[audio]Troupe - It's Really Pretty Simple After All [mtk179] - Troupe
A long, long time in the making, U.S. artist Troupe presents his first EP for Monotonik, 'It's Really Pretty Simple After All', a plain spectacular mix of demo-scene inspired electronica, soaring melodies, and beautiful vocals. Imagine, if you will, an American who has grown up and been musically influenced by the greats of the Amiga demo-scene - which this label itself was birthed from in 1996. Then mix in transcendent vocals reminiscent of favorite Monotonik releases like Bliss, and you get to...
Downloads: 144,494 4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars(3 reviews)
[audio]Ollie Cram - Rai-Ken [mtk178]
Something different, this time out, with the part nu-chill, part world music, part live-played album, 'Rai-Ken' from Bristol, UK native Ollie Cram - it's pitched somewhere between the chillout of previous Monotonik releaser Izmar and something much further out than that, and that's why we dig it. Things start out with 'Over Yonder', all interplay with the live-played organ - there's also guitar, keyboards, synth, bass, and mandolin played live on the album by Mr...
Downloads: 14,462
[audio]Gaza F*gg*t - Welcome To Softbo [mtk177]
Not necessarily one of Monotonik's most 'normal' releases, but heartily welcomed anyhow, this unconventional glitch-electronic 7-track EP is from the oddly named Gaza F*gg*t, who can best be described as, well, an alter ego of a previous Monotonik releaser. It all starts off with the gentle organ of 'Horse With Gold Teeth', before the latter end of the track gets all warped and Japanese-speech sampling, before the completely awesome 'Rotten Fruit Messageboard Apology' arrives, all explicit heart...
Downloads: 9,980 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(2 reviews)
[audio]Seathasky - Exist EP [mtk176] - Seathasky
We're delighted to release this 3-track EP from Seathasky, who you may not think you've heard of, but is also known as previous Monotonik releaser Blisaed, who uses this moniker for his more electronica tinged, beautifully produced electronic music. And, well, we'll let Blisaed himself describe his release: "Matthew Centonze, as an artist, has been in the game since 1997 creating music for the Internet scene for many different netlabels under his IDM/experimental moniker Blisaed...
Downloads: 4,568
[audio]Sonmi451 - The Quiet EP [mtk175] - Sonmi451
It's a delight to welcome Belgian artist Bernard Zwijzen, aka Sonmi451, a veteran of release of real-life labels such as U-Cover, to Monotonik with his rather divine 4-track release, 'The Quiet EP', which artfully blends ambience and melody in some delightfully beguiling ways. The EP, which includes both tracks from Sonmi451's super-limited edition U-Cover CDR 'Vladivostok', as well as new material, starts out with the title track from that CDR, which is ambient drift incarnate, before moving on...
Downloads: 4,858 4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars(2 reviews)
[audio]Transient - Hexual Ceiling [mtk174] - Transient
We're delighted to debut the fourth Monotonik release from prodigious U.S. idm veteran Transient, in the form of the 20-track 'Hexual Ceiling' album. He's previously released on multiple major netlabels such as Kikapu, Ogredung and Miasmah, as well as debuting remixes and other tracks on labels such as Darla and TBTMO, plus his own Noisy Vagabond, and this longform effort doesn't disappoint. Anyhow, there are all kinds of highlights to the album, from the delightful drift of lead-off track 'Clou...
Downloads: 32,962 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(2 reviews)
[audio]Christopher Whaley - 10 Years Of Monotonik - The Mix [mtk173] - Christopher Whaley
So, we made it - '10 Years Of Monotonik - The Mix' is testament to that. It's hard to believe that it was in early 1996 that we first started up our net.label Mono - initially as a .MOD-only label, since this was before the days of MP3s (and, indeed, of very wide use of the Internet.) What a long way we've come since then. The first couple of years, for those who recall it, actually had individual Commodore Amiga-based BBSes distributing our material as 'official distros', before FTP sites such ...
Downloads: 5,263 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]Flutterspot - Labmat [mtk172] - Flutterspot
This time, a Monotonik debut for Finnish graphic artist and musician Flutterspot, and pretty much his first music release anywhere, with the gorgeous electronic tones of 'Labmat'. What do we like about this? Well, for starters, 'Daily Sway Of Everything (That You Touch)' is satisfyingly chunky, before 'Sky So My' segues into some smartly rotating beats. Then, there's 'Liihko Hymn', which is layers and layers of sound in an almost shoegaze fashion, but with firm rhythms layered on top, before 'Wo...
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[audio]Northbound - Landscapes Of Late [mtk171] - Northbound
We're proud to present the debut release on Monotonik from Northbound, a band consisting of Mikko Roisko and Olli Jäderholm, self-described as "two guys from southern Finland, soon to reach their mid-twenties" - and 'Landscapes Of Late' is gorgeous live instrument-filled nu-chill groove. We ran into Northbound through their oblique connections with the TPOLM demo-scene crew and IRC channel, and they explain of their project: "We have both been making music for about 4 years now, and collaborate...
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